Zhi-Rong Lü

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Using inhibition kinetics and computational simulation, we studied the reversible inhibition of tyrosinase by isophthalic acid (IPA). IPA inhibited tyrosinase in a complex manner with K(i)=17.8 ± 1.8mM. Measurements of intrinsic and ANS-binding fluorescence showed that IPA induced no changes in tertiary protein structure. For further insight, we predicted(More)
Tyrosinase inhibition studies are needed due to the agricultural and medicinal applications. For probing effective inhibitors of tyrosinase, a combination of computational prediction and enzymatic assay via kinetics were important. We predicted the 3D structure of tyrosinase from Agaricus bisporus, used a docking algorithm to simulate binding between(More)
We studied the inhibitory effects of trifluoroethanol (TFE) on the activity and conformation of tyrosinase. TFE increased the degree of secondary structure of tyrosinase, which directly resulted in enzyme inactivation. A reciprocal study showed that TFE inhibited tyrosinase in a slope-parabolic mixed-type inhibition manner (K (I) = 0.5 +/- 0.096 M).(More)
We studied the effect of cysteine modification on creatine kinase (CK) aggregation as well as the kinetics of the process. We found that CK aggregation was modulated by different pH conditions in the presence of Zn2+, which is a CK aggregation trigger. The CK aggregation followed first-order kinetics, and this was effectively suppressed in acidic(More)
The effects of osmolytes on the unfolding and refolding process of recombinant human brain-type creatine kinase (rHBCK) were comparatively, quantitatively studied in dilute solutions and macromolecular crowding systems (simulated by 100 g/L polyethylene glycol 2000), respectively. The results showed that the osmolytes, including glycerol, sucrose,(More)
The overexpression of a single tyrosinase gene can induce conspicuous pigmentation in nonpigmented cells. We hypothesized that some unknown tyrosinase-associated genes are simultaneously regulated by melanin synthesis. To improve understanding of melanogenesis and tyrosinase-associated functions, we attempted to profile the genes that are altered during(More)